不少人问我为什么在英文网站向老外揭中国短、让他们看不起中国人。考虑到会这么说的只有中国人,我就在这里系统地回答一次。

我们的文章大多是站在中国p民的角度,关注中国社会和人生。的确,民主和自由是我们的理想,但那些都是概念。对于广大老百姓来说,最实际的是他们的物质生活是否充裕,精神生活是否充实,或者简而言之,过得是否幸福。我们很多文章都旨在反映这一点。即使是搞笑、无脑的内容,也是为了真实反映中国老百姓。不同于专业媒体,尤其是外国媒体,我们不关心中国军费、进出口贸易、货币政策、中国在中东和非洲的势力范围等等。因为那些都是国与国之间的利益争夺,与老百姓的生活并没有直接的关系(当然一定会有间接的关系)。除了民生,我们至多会写些讽刺批评政府及其宣传统治工具的文章,比如CCTV作假,大连公安局微博关注苍井空,CBA禁止《忐忑》之类,但这些也是p民津津乐道的。

到底批评中国政府会不会让外国人看不起中国人?我反而觉得揭露人民生活的疾苦和政府的腐败不作为更能凸显中国人民生活的不易,让世界人民更同情,更尊重,更敬佩中国人。就像全世界人都知道北韩是高压、独裁、草菅人命的政府,但你会因此鄙视北韩人吗?一定也有这样的人,那是肤浅、头脑简单、没有正常思考能力而又自大的人。那这样的人即使不读我们的文章也一样有各种理由歧视中国人,也有各种歧视中国的渠道。

还有人说,你就不能写些正面的文章?关键在于,到底在这些人心目中,什么是正面的。我觉得讲春运、收养流浪儿的老人南京的卖菜小女孩站台的流浪汉风雪中的小学生钱云会村长北漂小伙住蛋壳蜗居的文章都是正面的文章,包括原文下面义愤填膺、充满同情的网友回复,这些都体现了中国人的坚强和善良。如果有人觉得这些是丢人的,是负面,只能说明他们自己瞧不起同胞,以此为耻。

其实很多人也喜欢抱怨政策的荒唐,政府的腐败,但他们一到了外国人面前就非要打肿脸充胖子,非要替政府说话。外国人问,“你们的政府很腐败,人过得很不自由吧?”他们回答:“胡说。我们过得很自由,很有人权。”外国人表示同情地问:“你们那里是不是很多网站都被政府禁了,上不了?”他们回答:“无所谓,那些网站我们中国人也不想上。”这不是典型的斯德哥尔摩症状嘛!是被虐习惯了吧。

最后送上一句话:人必自辱,然后人辱之。

Rebuttal to criticisms of our blog for exposing the ugly side of China and embarrassing the motherland. English translation of an excerpt of her address to her critics, most likely the “fenqing” or nationalist youth, courtesy of Damien Ma at The Atlantic:

Some have said, “why can’t you write anything positive about China?” But the key question I have is what would these people consider positive? When I talk about the old man who adopted hundreds of homeless children, the little Nanjing girl who sells vegetables, vagabonds on a train platform, elementary students amid a winter storm, a petitioner’s horrific death, or a young drifter who lives in a makeshift “eggshell dwelling“–all these are positive stories–including the anger expressed in the comments and netizens’ sympathies. All of this in its entirety reflects Chinese people’s strength and kindness. If people find these stories disgraceful and demeaning, it simply illustrates that they despise their own Chinese compatriots, that they are embarrassed of their own people.

In fact, many Chinese gripe and complain about the absurdity of the government’s policies and its corruption. Yet whenever they’re in front of foreigners, they blow out their cheeks to make themselves look fatter — always compelled to defend and speak positively of the government. When foreigners ask, “Your government has a lot of corruption, and the people have restricted freedoms, right?” They reply, “Nonsense! We live very freely and have many freedoms.” When foreigners attempt to sympathize, “You can’t get on a lot of websites because they’re blocked, right?” They reply, “It doesn’t matter, we don’t really care to visit those websites anyway!” Isn’t this a classic case of Stockholm Syndrome? They have got so used to the abuses, no?…